Walking through the central streets of Catania, it is almost impossible not to be drawn into a fascinating artisan workshop. Welcome to the small and charming kingdom of Adriana and Tiziana, mother and daughter, brought together by an incredible passion for the land they were born and raised in. Born respectively in 1977 and 1950, both Sicilian and both from, Catania, they work together in a volcanic symbiosis, forming an explosive couple. They work hard and devotion for their craft and maintain their sense of humility at the same time. United by a healthy and entertaining sense of irony, their secret is their love for Sicily, for culture, tradition and, naturally, for the art of the Pupi. The age-old culture of the carts, an important part of Sicilian “architecture”, is a source of endless inspiration for them. Adriana made her first Sicilian Pupo in miniature more than thirty years ago. It was her passion for art that led her to exhibit her works around the world. With art hard-wired into her, Tiziana was inspired by her mother and decided to create something new, a unique artisanal object, artistic transpositions of Sicily. They study the history of Sicilian art day after day and invent new ways of telling its story.
Enamel and oil, 60 x 151 x 68.2 cm The front panel of this refrigerator depicts a battle between Saracens and Christians for control of the Sicilian coast; starting in the 7th century, the Moors made frequent incursions before conquering the island and settling there. On the right side is Charlemagne meeting with two Saracen kings to stipulate a peace accord. On the left is a battle between paladins, a subject dear to the tradition of Sicilian cart painting. The top is decorated with two knights in their encampment as they await news of the outcome of the battle.